Purerah is a rich nation with a lot of history. It’s among the oldest in the Custod world and has a unique history. And we’ll go over a brief history of its founding.
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Purerah was formed a few hundred years after the high king system was re-established. It was the fourth generation after King Roxorim (his great-grandson) Prince Jaladhi who was given the kingship of Purerah to rule in the year 412 (after the defeat of Heklis is how they count years).
Purerah is slightly unique in its palace was already built before the kingdom was established. The story goes Damian Custod had it built for his brother and wife to use when they needed a retreat as it’s known Lady Elphacena loved the ocean and would visit the Englarish seas with her father many a summer in her childhood.
This is part of why the Purerahian emblem is highly ocean themed. The Purerahian rose is a unique rose that is found only along Purerah's coasts, and no one has managed to grow it anywhere else. It's a unique dark, teal-colored rose that in all other ways looks much like any other rose. It became the focal symbol of Purerah and the commonly seen breaching dolphins and sharks at its beaches inspired its two national animals that breach around the rose in the Purerahian emblem.
With any new kingdom, there was worry about how well it could grow, most of all with its vast distance from the high kingdom, and many of the nations that exist around it today were not established, making the new King Jaladhi ruler of far more lands than he could handle, but most were in uninhabited at the time, and as people grew and settled into these areas new kingdoms were organized. At the time of King Jaladhi’s first year, the kingdom extended from the seacoast on the west, north, and south to the border of Nefritra and Aborgalia.
However, the means to support a kingdom and its people did not take long. In fact, most was already in place. Because the Merlin often frequented the area, it wasn’t long before his descendants, which were many, did the same and it slowly grew to a common vacation spot. This is what facilitated the need for a kingdom there to provide security and organization to the area. King Jaladhi had a lot of work to do to establish a working theater to bring in more funds, roads, communication systems, and most importantly the many railways that brought visitors to the area with their pockets loaded with gems ready to spend.
From its founding in 412 to the year 1513 the kingdom only grew, as did the areas around it, but none quite managed the perfect vacation getaway Purerah provided. Many of the newer nations, such as Japcharia, Purysia, and Dragia all tried to claim some of its prime territories throughout the years, though none with as much fervor ad Japcharia, creating a rivalry between the two nations that persists to this very day.
Then in 1513 a dramatic change in tax policy one no other nation had used in over fifteen-thousand years. (To learn more about the typical tax policy in the Custod world see the Tax System Blog.) They put a direct one-time tax directly on each individual household in the kingdom. This enraged the people, and many revolts arose out of it. Shortly after, a permanent tax on each individual household was established that has only increased in the years leading to the 2000 anniversary of Heklis's downfall.
In 1514, not even a full year after the new tax was implemented, many of the people rose up in rebellion against the royal family. Scholars debate if it was this as well as the recent son of their son Prince Christopher than lead to King Hysoppin and Queen Amara's deaths. Both passed away shortly after the rebellion broke out though not at the same time. King Alder did a good job keeping the rebels from causing too much destruction but was unable to quail the fighting.
In 1518 a second rebellion splintered off the first calling themselves "Loyalists" who believed that a man of the people, not a born Potentate, should take the throne. This sentiment had not been heard or felt since the days before Heklis's reign of terror.
In 1976 a third rebellion formed that wanted a Custod to change their status from Custod to Potentate to save the kingdom of Purerah from ruin (as King Roxorim had done almost two-thousand years before).
For almost five hundred years these three rebellions warred against the royal family as the kingdom fell into ruin over the lack of funds to repair what was damaged. But far worse, the people's trust in their rulers had eroded and made many wonders if the trusted system still worked in the modern day.
And gets us a very basic overview of the kingdom of Purerah leading up to The Enthronement. I hope you enjoyed it! Subscribe if you want more or check out my social media channels or YouTube for video versions of these blog posts, coming soon.